The expansion of the Andrew Truxal Library required a complete reconfiguration of the existing 43,000 square feet to accommodate a 32,000-square-foot addition.
The design concentrates 20 new collaborative study rooms and specialized study spaces in the renovated library. The remaining programs and reading areas surround a dramatic two-story space, the ASSOCIATED FIRMRatio Architects, Programming & Planning ConsultantCOST PER SQ FT$242.00FEATURED IN2013 Architectural Portfolio Learning Center (TLC), a modern equivalent of the 19th-century library’s grand reading room—symbolically and functionally the heart of the transformed library.
The TLC is enclosed with full-height glass embedded with a ceramic pattern to control sunlight and reduce interior glare. Adjacent to the college’s entrance drive, the iconic glass facade, which symbolizes new technologies, has become the updated image of the college to all who enter.
The project provided an opportunity to reconfigure the surrounding site, which was regraded and paved to enable full pedestrian accessibility to the adjacent, elevated quadrangle, a major student gathering space.
Seating walls are integrated throughout, and a small but essential rain garden, coupled with the library’s new vegetated roof, controls stormwater runoff.